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Visit ‘Turtle City’ Former Financial Centre of the Qing Dynasty

From RMB 1999
Travel days:  2 days
 /  1 nights
Min 2 pax

  • Train tickets mentioned on G train and D train mentioned in program are in second class carriage.
  • Transfers in customary air-conditioned coaches.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in standard rooms with bath/shower, WC, and daily breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: Breakfast), Only Chinese breakfast is available at local guest house.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • 24-hour hotline service in English and German: +8613910187388
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Local guest house *  Cheng Homes for The Aged Folk    Standard A Room with A Chinese Traditional Brick Bed
  • Quotation is based on at least two people traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.
  • For certain sightseeing venues, if a child is taller than 120 cm, entrance fees are calculated as an adult. For further visits or re-entry at some sites, the entrance fee must be paid again and this will be the responsibility of the client.
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.
  • Extra bed is upon availability.
  • Rate is not applicable for public holiday.

Travel content

With an impressive system of defensive walls laid out in a turtle shape, the Qing dynasty financial centre, Pingyao earned the name ‘Turtle City.’ Much like the shell of a turtle, the walls protected its precious contents, in Pingyao’s case, the riches deposited there and the wealthy merchants who called the city home. Although no longer a financial hub, Pingyao offers a range of magnificent sights, its walls for one remain some of the best preserved and tower up around the city still creating an imposing sense of wonder and majesty. Its market streets play out much like the image of ancient Chinese life celebrated in film, with gentle sloping roofs covering street side stalls offering in particular, hand-made crafts, a popular and locally made type of cloth shoe and also a specialist in lacquer ware.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    • Take the morning bullet train from Beijing West Railway Station to Taiyuan.
    • Train schedule G603 Beijing West- Taiyuan South 07:22-10:28
    • Met upon arrival by our local guide.
    • Transfer to Pingyao old city with a sightseeing tour on the way.
    • Visit Jinci Museum (Memorial Hall of Prince Jin).
    • Visit a church in a local village
    • See the highly reputed Courtyard of Family Qiao.
    • Lunch at a local restaurant.
    • Arrive in Pingyao in the early evening.
    • Check into your hotel and enjoy your evening in Pingyao old city.
    • Overnight in Pingyao
  • Day 2:
    • Breakfast at the hotel before check out.
    • Guided tour of Pingyao's old city wall (built in 1370 and considered one of the best examples of its kind) and the Rishengchang piaohao, the oldest bank in China. See a re-enactment of an ancient trial by court, with time at leisure to explore the cobblestone streets, courtyards, residences, and museums. Courtyard restaurants and western cafes provide plenty of options for lunch or afternoon tea.
    • Visit Shuanglin Temple, a Buddhist temple known for its more than 2000 colorful clay statues from the 12th to 19th centuries.
    • Transfer to Pingyao train station and take train back to Beijing.
    • Train schedule: D2006 Pingyao-Beijing West 16:16-20:39
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